Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss Hits Back

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss Hits Back

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Byline: James Johnston And Mike Blackburn

A senior manager at a Teesside charity denied that a staff member who went off sick with stress had been overloaded with work.

Susan Murphy, from Acklam, is suing the Middlesbrough-based Victim Support and Witness Service for constructive dismissal amid claims of victimisation, bullying and harassment.

Her former employer denies the 41-year-old's claims and the employment tribunal has been told her allegations were either exaggerated or untrue.

Senior staff maintained Mrs Murphy was given ample opportunity to air any grievances. And they denied a re-structuring resulted in an increase in her workload.

Under cross-examination, area manager Veronica Johnson told the tribunal in Thornaby: "I would not accept that I was giving her too much work.

"It's quite possible that Mrs Murphy complained about it even though it was the same amount of work as before. I would suggest that responsibility and workload are two different things. …

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